2014 Highlights

Posted by youngdevon on January 18, 2015

Young Devon/Devon News

Young Devon have partnered up with the Asking the Right Questions project to give young people the opportunity to speak up about their experiences of depression, as well as the experiences of their friends, families and carers. The aim of the project is to increase the amount of research done into depression to make diagnosis, treatment and eventually prevention easier and more widely available to everyone.

Mental health, compared to physical health, is relatively under-developed in terms of our understanding about what causes people to have depression, and other mental health problems. The idea is, if we know what causes depression, we can start to create therapies to help people who have it. Simple right? That is why projects like these need YOUR help. Follow the link below to help the research guys out and give some insight into your experiences of depression.

www.depressionarq.org

Don’t forget, if you think you are suffering from depression, visit our ‘What is mental health?’ tab for more information.

Mental Health - What's happening?

On Friday 10th October – World Mental Health day was celebrated. It is an annual global event that occurs with the aim of raising awareness of mental health problems. The specific theme of this year’s mental health day was Schizophrenia. This is a mental health problem suffered by people who have severely disrupted beliefs and experiences of the world. Schizophrenia usually starts in the late teens and around 1 in every 100 people have it. Think about how big your school is, the likelihood is, at least 1 person in each year group will experience schizophrenic symptoms in their late teens or early 20’s.

Schizophrenia is often misunderstood by people, some believe it is split-personality disorder, and some people believe having schizophrenia just makes you down right crazy. None of this is true. Schizophrenia is a mental health problem just like any other. People with schizophrenia may have periods of time where they lose touch with reality like they are in a dream, see or hear things that are not there and act somewhat differently because they are seeing the world differently to other people. It is important to help break the stigma of schizophrenia by informing your friends and family about what schizophrenia actually is. However most importantly, if you think you or someone you know is suffering from schizophrenia or another mental health problem – talk to someone about it. Visit our ‘Contact and Useful Links’ tab for signposts of where to go for advice and help.

Finding of the Year

In a piece of research published by Kohler in September 2014 findings have showed that having good physical health including hoovering, bowling, playing sport increase the likelihood of someone responding well to treatment. The research was carried out on 180 patients suffering from depression who were receiving therapy. The research showed that the more active you are and the more time spent on every day activities, the more likely you are to have positive responses to therapy. If you want to find out about treatment options for depression, look at the ‘Depression’ tab on our ‘What is Mental Health’ page and have a look at our top tips!